Once again, my day started with a Ginger Shot – a natural antihistamine, a natural anti-inflammatory, a natural anti-allergic and a natural decongestant. Since I started drinking these bad boys each day I no longer suffer from hay fever – happy days!
Today’s Ginger Shot is followed by 2 portions of the Berry Banana Crunch smoothie and 2 of The Green Refresher.
The Green Refresher
How healthy is this?
Apples and pears? A Dutch survey found every additional 25 grams of white fruit and vegetables eaten (mainly apples and pears) reduces the risk of a stroke by 9 percent.
Cucumber? Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
Spinach? Spinach seems to be able to lessen our risk for many of the most common diseases of the twenty first century. Overwhelming research has demonstrated an inverse relationship between spinach consumption and the following:
- Cardiovascular disease including stroke and coronary artery disease
- Cancer including colon, lung, skin, oral, stomach, ovarian, prostate and breast cancer
- Age related macular degeneration (AMD)
Broccoli? Back in 2008, the Daily Mail reported how broccoli juice helped Ray Wiseman beat bladder cancer. Mr Wiseman credits his morning glass of broccoli juice with halting the disease and his claim has prompted more research into the vegetable’s healing powers. Doctors told Mr Wiseman they did not expect him to survive, when they diagnosed his cancer five years earlier, but the article reported that recent scans show that his cancer has stopped spreading – vastly improving his chances of a recovery. The grandfather, 79, puts his health down to the tumbler of broccoli juice that his wife prepares for him each day. Mr Wiseman, who lives in Braunstone, Leicestershire, said: ‘I take this juice every day. I know it’s done me good.
‘I suppose it would be the same for everybody.’
Lime? University of California, Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences explains that limonoids, or phytochemicals, found in citrus fruits, such as lemons and limes, may be of benefit in the prevention of cancer. Limonoids can stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, which is known to detoxify carcinogenic compounds responsible for cancer. These phytochemicals have also shown promise in inhibiting the proliferation of hormone-sensitive cancer cells, as is seen in breast cancer.
1 x apple
1 x pear
¼ medium cucumber
2 large handfuls of spinach
2cm chunk of broccoli stem
1 x Lime (peeled, but keep the white pith on)
Simply juice all the ingredients (sandwich the lime, broccoli and spinach in between the apple, pear and cucumber to ensure maximum juice extraction) and pour over ice.
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2013 Miles in 2013
I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.
The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles and in March I completed 185.7 miles. If you can please spare £5.93 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.
The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.
2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules
The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:
- All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
- I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment
To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.